For most Romanians and foreign tourists, visiting Transylvania is a must, and for centuries, the traditional centre of this historical part of Romania has been the city of Cluj. From its ancient Roman beginnings as Napoca, to the medieval and modern flourishing town of Kolozsvar in Hungarian and Austro-Hungarian times, up to the present-day as Cluj, this vibrant city has been a stage where multicultural Transylvania was shown at its best. Home to the oldest Transylvanian university and animated by a large academic community, the place boasts numerous charming buildings and an atmosphere much cherished by both natives and visitors. The towns of Turda, with a spectacular recently renovated salt-mine, and Targu-Mures, with its specific Szekler (Hungarian-related) flavour, are also highlights recommending this trip.
Next to picking up the tourists, we head for the North-West, through the beautiful landscape and the towns of Sighisoara, and Turda, with a stopover to visit the spectacular Turda Salt-mine, arriving in Cluj, the cultural, economic and university (at times, political, too) Transylvanian capital. The pedestrian tour insists on sights such as the gothic St. Michael Roman-Catholic Church and the Orthodox Cathedral, the baroque Banffy Palace, nowadays the Arts Museum, the Romanian and the Hungarian Theatres, the Babes-Bolyai University, the Tailors'Bastion and the Botanical Garden.
Lunch can also be served in a location with local specificity. The town of Targu-Mures with its Fortress and Cultural Palace can add a pleasant brief stopover on our return to Brasov, according to traffic conditions.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We meet at the Info-point in front of the yellow building of the Council House in Brasov, or at the tourists' hotel reception anywhere in Brasov, Sighisoara, Targu-Mures or Cluj.
End location: Tourists will be taken to their hotel-reception anywhere on-route, or to the Cluj International Airport.
Duration: 13 hours
Traffic and weather may affect duration.
Transport ensured by air-conditioned car, Renault-Symbol 2011.
Transport ensured by car, Renault-Symbol 2011 with air-conditioning, professional guidance and all taxes.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 RON - The entrance tickets to the Turda Saltmine and an estimate of lunch.
Entrance tickets to the Turda Saltmine, food and drinks, as well as any expenses, other than specified.
As a Romanian licensed national guide, there are limitations to guiding inside some museums, such as the Cotroceni Palace or the House of Parliament in Bucharest, or the Peles Castle in Sinaia, in the Prahova Valley.